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Charity: An Expression of Gratitude

Charity and Thanks

In accordance with the Thanksgiving holiday, Salon.com profiled five worthy nonprofit organizations to give to this holiday season. Children's Heath Fund was selected as the health care charity to donate to because of our four star rating from Charity Navigator. Your gift (of any amount) can help CHF programs bring quality health care directly to children in need. Please consider donating today.

NYC: Shop for a Good Cause

Treasure&Bond net profits from sales will be donated to Children's Health Fund
By Caitlin McFeely, Communications Associate, CHF

For all girls or guys living or visiting New York City, who love shopping as much as I do or who need to get a jump start on holiday shopping, I have exciting news for you: your shopping extravaganzas can now help Children’s Health Fund programs bring health care to poor and homeless children. How you ask? Well, there is a new boutique called treasure&bond located at 350 West Broadway (between Broome and Grand) that is bringing together the retail and philanthropy worlds. Starting in August of 2011, treasure&bond is donating 100% of their net profits to eight different non-profit organizations benefitting children of New York City. For the months of November, December, and January, net profits from sales will be donated to Children's Health Fund and the Coalition for the Homeless.

A NYC Child Health Forum: Thanks to Dr. Jack Shonkoff & Child Health Experts

Dr. Jack Shonkoff and CHF President Irwin Redlener, MD at NYC Forum
By Delaney Gracy, Chief Medical Officer, Children's Health Fund

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - Children's Health Fund (CHF) President and Co-Founder Irwin Redlener, MD, welcomed distinguished keynote speaker Jack Shonkoff, MD to CHF's NYC Child Health Forum on October 28th.  The forum, Toxic Stressors, Child Development and Interventions to Improve Health focused on the effect of toxic stress on young children's brain development and long term health and well-being.  Dr. Shonkoff is a leader in this area, authoring numerous studies on the relationship between neurological biology and development, including From Neurons to Neighborhoods.  Dr. Shonkoff is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

Children's Health Fund was delighted to be joined by Dr. Shonkoff as well as our panel of experts including: Angela Chan, MD, Clinical Coordinator of the Early Childhood Initiative at the Center for Child Health Resiliency, a program of Montefiore Medical Center and CHF; Rahil Briggs, Psy.D, Director of Healthy Steps at Montefiore and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Evelyn Blanck, LCSW, Associate Executive Director of the New York Center for Child Development; and Dina Lieser, MD, Attending Physician at New York Hospital Queens and Project Director of Docs for Tots New York.

Thanks to all who joined us for the event! If you were in attendance, we’re interested to hear your thoughts. What did you think?

Jane Pauley, Living BIG with the Children’s Health Fund

Jane Pauley, CHF Board Member and Advisory Council Chair at 2011 Benefit
By Karen Redlener, Executive Director, Children's Health Fund

Monday, October 31, 2011 - Soon after Irwin, Paul Simon and I, launched the Children’s Health Fund (CHF) in 1987, our dear friend Jane Pauley joined our team.  Twenty-four years later, she continues to be one of CHF’s most ardent and active supporters.  Jane provides leadership as a valued member of our Board of Directors and Chair of CHF’s Advisory Council.  She has joined us in the field as CHF responded to the disaster in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.  Jane has encouraged others to become aware of our organization, and she has helped CHF raise much needed funds to expand and sustain our National Network of programs throughout the country. 

We are excited that Jane and her work with the Children’s Health Fund will be profiled on the Big Ten Network’s (BTN) LiveBIG program tonight, at 7:30 PM ET.  BTN LiveBIG tells the inspirational story of students and alumni of Big Ten schools that are making a difference in their communities.  Jane attended Indiana University (one of the Big Ten schools) and is a proud Hoosier fan.

By living big and supporting Children’s Health Fund, Jane has helped our programs bring desperately needed health care to poor and homeless kids all across the US.   And, we couldn’t be more grateful.

Tune in this evening to learn a bit more about Jane’s commitment to CHF and to living BIG! If you can’t tune in tonight, the segment will be available online at http://www.btnlivebig.com

CHF Partnership Aims to HEAL New Orleans Kids Suffering from Asthma

HEAL Partners in front of the New Orleans Medical Unit

Saturday, October 22 — CHF joined representatives from Xavier University of Louisiana, Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, the Merck Childhood Asthma Network and the City of New Orleans Department of Health to announce the launch of the Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL), Phase II Project. CHF's New Orleans Children's Health Project will work with Xavier and Daughters of Charity to bring quality asthma care and management to kids and families in the New Orleans area. Given that asthma rates in the city of New Orleans are among the highest in the nation, it is this partnership will help improve the lives of some of New Orleans' most vulnerable residents, kids with asthma.

Thanks, Sanofi US!

Sanofi US Volunteer Week

Saturday, October 14, 2011 -  We had an awesome day with volunteers from Sanofi US.  As part of Sanofi Volunteer Week, the group painted an apartment in a homeless shelter in the Bronx. They left it sparkling! Sanofi volunteers that couldn't make the painting day sent over a hand-made decorative toddler table and chairs set for the shelter's day care center.

Sanofi US has been a supporter of Children's Health Fund (CHF) for many years, and is the sponsor of CHF's Medical Home Initiative .  Thank you to Sanofi US from all of us here at CHF, for your continued support and for a great day.

Happy Birthday to Paul Simon

Paul Simon

October 13, 2011 — Children's Health Fund (CHF) leadership, staff and programs wish our Co-Founder, Paul Simon, a very Happy 70th Birthday. Thank you, Paul, for all of your support over the past 24 years. We are lucky to have you as a part of the CHF family.
 

SAVE THE DATE: A NYC Child Health Forum: Toxic Stressors, Child Development and Interventions to Improve Health

NYC Child Health Forum: Toxic Stressors, Child Development and Interventions to Improve Health
By Deirdre Byrne, Director of Policy, Children's Health Fund

On October 28, Children’s Health Fund will bring together doctors and other health professionals, child advocates and local government officials to discuss toxic stressors and the role they play in a child’s life.  Research has shown that early childhood years – birth to age 5 – are critical to a child’s development and are directly linked to later economic productivity, responsible citizenship and sound physical and mental health.  The pervasive effects of deep poverty, abuse, neglect and exposure to violence in early childhood all lead to toxic stress, endangering not only a child’s short term but also long term health and chance to succeed in society. 

Soaring High with Volunteers from Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines Volunteers

Volunteers from Delta Air Lines spent a day painting apartments in need of a fresh coat of paint at a South Bronx homeless shelter where Children's Health Fund (CHF) provides care.  Their hard work helped create a more comfortable, clean and happy space for families who are often struggling.

Delta Air Lines also supports CHF through their sponsorship of the Yankees Home Run Club.  Thank you from the entire CHF family for your support and for a fun-filled afternoon!

Let’s Make Every Day National Child Health Day

Detroit Dental Mobile Unit Kid Exam
By Irwin Redlener MD, President & Co-Founder, CHF

Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) celebrates the 83rd annual National Child Health Day with theme of Helping Children Lead Healthy Lives. They have created a website featuring important resources that assist families in finding health care services including the 311 Prenatal Hotline, Insure Kids Now, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, Text 4 Baby, Find a Health Center Locator and the Maternal and Child Health Program.

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